Dawn Zimmer’s story unravels. Hoboken received aid “on par” with other cities

posted at 11:01 am on January 26, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

If you’ve been watching the cable news networks over the last few days you may have noticed something missing. The previous, non-stop gab festival about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s alleged attempts to extort Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer seems to have faded largely into the background. As Allahpundit noted this morning, not a single one of the Sunday morning shows has so much as one Jersey related guest. What’s with the media blackout of the Story of the Century?

Our colleague Guy Benson has a story over at Town Hall which may explain the dearth of Christie Corruption Madness. In short, Zimmer’s story is starting fall to pieces.

CNN reported that Zimmer had explicitly denied any withheld Sandy funds were the result of any political machinations just one week prior to changing her story for MSNBC. In addition, a Democratic mayor of a different New Jersey town — who, according to Zimmer’s account, was present for one of the extortionary encounters — stated for the record that his recollection does not coincide with hers. He went on to praise Team Christie for their professionalism and responsiveness in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Zimmer has since announced that she won’t comment publicly on her allegations any further, in accordance with a supposed request from investigators. With her story unraveling, the Associated Press is out with a new analysis that strikes another blow against her credibility:

Here’s the AP report which guy is referencing.

The city whose Democratic mayor said GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s administration tied Superstorm Sandy aid to her support for a real estate project has, so far, received a level of aid from state-run programs that is similar to what other towns got, a review of grant data shows. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is no longer discussing her allegations that New Jersey’s second-largest city has been shortchanged on Sandy funds, that its aid is being held “hostage” as political leverage or that she feared further retribution in the next round of funding.

Guy also provides the full breakdown of the state level aid data. As you’ll see, Hoboken received $142,080 in aid which was precisely the same as 39 other communities of similar size. When Zimmer’s spokesman, Juan Melli, was asked about the claims that Hoboken was shortchanged this week, his response seemed strangely different than his boss’s previous tale.

The problem, he said in an interview last week, is that New Jersey hasn’t created Sandy aid programs designed to help places like Hoboken, a city of 50,000 across the Hudson River from New York City. Most of the communities devastated by Sandy were towns on the Jersey shore. “We’re a densely populated urban environment,” Melli said. “(The programs) make sense in other places, but they don’t make much sense here.”

Perhaps the Garden State has some antiquated policies in place which fail to balance the needs of shore side flood zones against more inland communities which primarily suffered wind damage. I don’t know, but if they do it’s a legitimate beef which the Governor should look into. But it’s also nothing even remotely like the previous allegations. They’re not even on the same planet.

One thing is becoming increasingly clear; if the Christie administration is guilty of attempted extortion, they’re incredibly bad at it. You don’t threaten to withhold something in order to get what you want while simultaneously handing out the very thing you were threatening to withhold. I understand that there are plenty of Democrats (along with more than a few antiestablishmentarianism conservatives) who are looking to pile on Christie, knock him down a few pegs in New Jersey and curtail his possible presidential ambitions. It’s only natural. But, as the man once said… you’ll have to do better than that.


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Heh…

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM

MSNBC put her up to it. Probably promised her democratic stardom and support. Because in MSNBC’s world, a handwritten, undated “diary” is all the evidence you need to bring down a Republican politician. It’s right out of the Dan Rather School of Political Assassination.

BKeyser on January 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

A Democrat lied and the media isn’t interested? Whoever heard of such a thing?

Bitter Clinger on January 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

They got it out there and it will be in the back of voter’s minds. That’s why there’s no nevermind. Mission accomplished.

Jeff Weimer on January 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I am no fan of Governor Soprano but the media owes him an apology. They may have stopped pushing the story but it is still out there, unretracted.

myiq2xu on January 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

A Democrat lied and the media isn’t interested? Whoever heard of such a thing?

Bitter Clinger on January 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

…how can we get more disgusted with the media……than we are already?

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Somehow, some way or another, Hot Air manages to post another
story about Christie.

Does anyone still care? This story doesn’t negate the two
top people on his staff who he had to fire. It doesn’t negate
the “culture of corruption” that he himself fostered in that
if he wasn’t involved directly, at the very least these two thought
they had license to do what they did.

Amjean on January 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Has fat-boy received an apology?

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Somehow, some way or another, Hot Air manages to post another
story about Christie.

Does anyone still care?

Translation: It’s news when it’s possible that Christie might be guilty. When he’s not, it’s not news. That about sum it up, Arnjean?

Paul_in_NJ on January 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

The two conditions of our bi-polar media: total frenzy over a story before any proof is established or total embargo once evidence undercuts the Narrative.

rrpjr on January 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

They got it out there and it will be in the back of voter’s minds. That’s why there’s no nevermind. Mission accomplished.

Jeff Weimer on January 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Exactly right Jeff. Textbook case of “drive-by media.”

Brat on January 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Ha Ha! – Nelson Muntz

22044 on January 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

They got it out there and it will be in the back of voter’s minds. That’s why there’s no nevermind. Mission accomplished.

Jeff Weimer on January 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Exactly.

BallisticBob on January 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Don’t expect The Record — the NJ paper that gleefully broke the ‘bridgegate’ scandal — to report any of this. Today’s lead is titled Fort Lee mayor who took a stand 40 years ago sees parallels to Hoboken’s Dawn Zimmer, and they’re still carrying the torch:

Zimmer doesn’t claim that bribery and certainly not that mob ties are involved in her case. But she does say she was improperly intimidated when, she claims, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno demanded that she either back a developer favored by Governor Christie or risk losing aid for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. Zimmer, too, went to the U.S. attorney — but eight months after her alleged encounter.

And instead of working with the FBI, she went public with her story first, a tactic that may have destroyed the best chance of gathering evidence. Guadagno called Zimmer’s allegations “illogical” and “completely false.” A Christie spokesman called them “partisan politics.” If the Democratic mayor’s claims were genuine, said Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnick of Union County, she would have “worn a mike” and gathered evidence to prove it.

Paul_in_NJ on January 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

When you step back a few layers and look at the activity of journalists in the last 15-20 years as compared to the 50 years prior to that, its become clear that the MSM in general has become a PR department for liberal politicians.

Without that sort of support, we’d never have heard of Joseph Stalin.

BobMbx on January 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Yes, this is all fine and good, but remember…

The Accusations were 1 inch headlines, above the fold

The Retractions will be on page B20, near the bottom on the left in 2 inch column.

jaydee_007 on January 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Translation: It’s news when it’s possible that Christie might be guilty. When he’s not, it’s not news. That about sum it up, Arnjean?

Paul_in_NJ on January 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

+1

jaydee_007 on January 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Has fat-boy received an apology?

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

.
Rather has Crispy DEMANDED an apology and expose the fraud?
All the snark and anticipated recrimination of a propagandist liberal media are futile unless the victims are willing to fight back and yes – call the Liar a liar……. Joe Wilson style…. Romney was incapable of that kind fight- but things may have turned out differently.
Fear the barrels of Ink to a degree, but remember that the majority of American people still value truth above many of the other BS.
.
Short of that……….
We talk just like Lions, sacrifice like Lambs…………(Crows)

FlaMurph on January 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Got their smears in, now it’s time to move on to a fresh batch of lies.

forest on January 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

The attacks on the female mayor of Hoboken are nothing but sexist war on woman by the far right extremist republicans protecting their golden boy Chris Christie.
/MSNBC, If they every mention it again.

tjexcite on January 26, 2014 at 12:18 PM

This is all of a piece with “if you like your doctor” through the Texas beyotch lying about her own background. Dems obviously got the word from High Up that it’s OK to say any damn thing you want, and that no one will call you on it. And in terms of actual MSM coverage that will reach the LoFo’s, they’re right. It’s open season. Lie your azz off.

bofh on January 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Somehow, some way or another, Hot Air manages to post another
story about Christie.

Does anyone still care? This story doesn’t negate the two
top people on his staff who he had to fire. It doesn’t negate
the “culture of corruption” that he himself fostered in that
if he wasn’t involved directly, at the very least these two thought
they had license to do what they did.

Amjean on January 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Fake, but accurate.

davidk on January 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Is there one single halfway decent looking ‘Rat out there or are they all freakin’ homely as hell?

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Eh! This ugly ugly woman is a Democrat so the media will go dark and silent about the fact she lied her ass off. Much like they ignore Wendy Davis’s fictional biography that totally undermines her campaign.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Is there one single halfway decent looking ‘Rat out there or are they all freakin’ homely as hell?

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM

That’s so superficial. Scratch Dawn Zimmer’s ugly exterior and you’ll find the real ugly. And evil.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Has fat-boy received an apology?

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

He’s still the freakin’ governor. He should call Dawn Zimmer out like the fat bully we all know him to be.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Big deal. There are way too many stupid conk-supporting dweebs out there to make a dent in their tiny little minds that will make any difference in the way they vote.

HiJack on January 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Not going to comment on this until the other Don Zimmer checks in. But pitchers and catchers don’t report in Tampa Bay until Valentine’s Day this year.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Don Zimmer’s still alive? Holy crap he could pass for Christie’s father.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

You don’t threaten to withhold something in order to get what you want while simultaneously handing out the very thing you were threatening to withhold.

Isn’t this the Obama foreign policy?

SouthernRoots on January 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

You don’t threaten to withhold something in order to get what you want while simultaneously handing out the very thing you were threatening to withhold.

Isn’t this the Republican domestic policy?

SouthernRoots on January 26, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The problem, he said in an interview last week, is that New Jersey hasn’t created Sandy aid programs designed to help places like Hoboken, a city of 50,000 across the Hudson River from New York City. Most of the communities devastated by Sandy were towns on the Jersey shore. “We’re a densely populated urban environment,” Melli said. “(The programs) make sense in other places, but they don’t make much sense here.”

So isn’t this an admission that the “relief” had nothing at all to do with the storm but rather was simply viewed as more “money for nothing” right before the election? Obama lied to us?

teejk on January 26, 2014 at 1:06 PM

B-b-b-but it could have been true. Christie is a bully, blah, blah, blah…

Damage is done. Any recourse for Christie or does this fall under protected political “free speech”?

Fallon on January 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

donk-supporting

HiJack on January 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Is there one single halfway decent looking ‘Rat out there or are they all freakin’ homely as hell?

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM

When I read that, I went back to look at the pic and thought “Hmmph…she’s not that ugly.”
Then I looked at her pic in Google.
Yep, she’s that ugly.

justltl on January 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Yep, she’s that ugly.

justltl on January 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Looks like Rosa De Lauro’s kid.

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I am not a fan of Christie, but is important for all those conservatives and libertarians who do dislike him not to tie our hopes to knock him out to a bunch of democrat leftist crooks from NJ being our star witnesses.

There is a reason why Christie looks conservative in NJ….remember that.

William Eaton on January 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

The bigger question is who put her up to this and/or what leverage or promises were suggested?

diogenes on January 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Don Zimmer’s still alive? Holy crap he could pass for Christie’s father.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Yeah, Don is now playing the “Mister Wilhelm” role with the Tampa Bay Rays. He just turned 83 last week.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Pffft. Opportunistic liberal sees an opportunity to pile onto an opponent whether it be true or not.

Time for the media to bury the story now that the actual truth is coming out.

kim roy on January 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Damn. The media acting like four Americans were murdered in Hoboken

BigAlSouth on January 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Saw this coming a mile away. My theory from the beginning is that she got a call from the WH giving her marching orders. Like all group-think liberals, she happily complied. Just the the media happily complied to beat the story to death. Now let’s see how much this phony liar gets covered by the 24 hr media….

This all went according to plan. They damaged CC by this BS, even though they were found out to be frauds.

It’s getting a little weekend coverage here on the blog; it surely won’t be getting even a breath of reporting this week.

Jackalope on January 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM

They got it out there and it will be in the back of voter’s minds. That’s why there’s no nevermind. Mission accomplished.

Jeff Weimer on January 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Exactly right. You can’t un-ring the bell. especially with low-info voters. Many are still running around saying a youtube video was the cause of the attack in Bengazi.

Alabama Infidel on January 26, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Can she be sued for libel/defamation/etc?

A lesson needs to be learned, and sent.

Midas on January 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Can she be sued for libel/defamation/etc?

A lesson needs to be learned, and sent.

Midas on January 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Yeah, but the issue is meeting the burden of proof. As a public figure involved in an alleged public scandal, Guadagno would have to prove actual malice (i.e., Zimmer had actual knowledge that the statement was false or she made her statements in reckless disregard to the truth). Meeting that burden of proof would be difficult in light of the he said/she said circumstances of the case.

blammm on January 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

look into how the islamist gov’t of Turkey has dealt with its own opposition, from the purging of the military to the jailing on trumped up charges of the media and film makers. the leftist state we have in Washington now will utilize the young progressives that have been put into place in every institution of media and gov’t to facilitate the dialectic. they cheat the vote and nobody reports it, they ring the bell, have a feeding frenzy and disperse to go on to the next pavlovian exercise. the correlations with the islamist Erdogan are startling. obama will either be replaced with hillary or there will be a national emergency that allows him to remain president , get ready america.

tm11999 on January 27, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Dawn Zimmer goes off meds. (allegation)

Breathes air at MSNBC. (science)

Says crazy things at MSNBC. (more science)

I have no idea why the media is not all over this story.

dissent555 on January 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Hoboken is NJ’s second largest city!?! I didn’t even know people lived there. I thought it was just a place to go to catch the PATH.

Kevin M on January 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM